Directed by Robert Singer.
Airdate: January 14, 2014.
Grieving for Kevin's death and Sam's disappearance—physical and otherwise—Dean calls in Castiel. The two of them have little choice but to ask Crowley's help in getting Sam back. In return Crowley demands a supervised, shackled outing. The three of them visit Cecily, a plant that Crowley has working at the NSA who puts them on the trail of the Impala.
In Sam's body, Gadreel continues through Metatron's hit list. This is easy, even pleasurable, in the case of Thaddeus, an angel who had tortured him in Heaven and who is now occupying a teen pop idol. He has more difficulty with Abner, an old friend and fellow prisoner who tries to convince him that he can still make better choices. Nonetheless, Gadreel still kills Abner and Dean arrives just in time to see Gadreel washing the blood off Sam's hands.
Back in the Men of Letters compound, Dean and Castiel have Gadreel bound, but the angel is defiant in holding onto Sam's body. Castiel can't possess Sam without consent that Gadreel isn't about to give, but Crowley reminds them that demons "can take what [they] want". At Dean's acquiescence, Castiel burns off Sam's anti-possession tattoo and Crowley goes in to tell Sam what has happened and get him to evict Gadreel.
In the aftermath, Abaddon appears to finish off Crowley. He challenges her to an election for Hell's "hearts and minds" and disappears. Elsewhere, Sam expresses anger and disappointment at Dean for lying to him. A shaken Dean resolves to hunt on his own from now on, leaving Sam behind.
For this episode = 2 angels, 1 demon, 3 humans, and a dog.
For the series so far = At least 1087 angels, 964 humans (of which 8 were witches), 136 demons, 51 vampires, 49 ghosts, 36 Jefferson Starships, 21 gods, 19 zombies, 10 hellhounds, 7 skinwalkers, 6 changelings, 5 djinn, 5 shapeshifters, 5 werewolves, 4 dogs, 4 ghouls, 4 Leviathan, 4 reapers, 2 Amazons, 2 arachnes, 2 kitsunes, 2 rugarus, 2 Thule, 2 vetalas, 1 cat, 1 crocotta, 1 dragon, 1 fairy, 1 familiar, 1 Khan worm, 1 lamia, the Mother of All, 1 okami, 1 phoenix, 1 Purgatory creature, 1 rakshasa, 1 rawhead, 1 shojo, 1 shtriga, 1 siren, 1 Titan, 1 wendigo, 1 whore of Babylon, 1 wicked witch, and 1 wraith.
- Acting for Two: Jared Padalecki plays both Sam and Gadreel!Sam. Tahmoh Penikett plays both Gadreel and his once and future vessel, a nameless bartender.
- Angelic Possession/Demonic Possession: Sam gets both at once.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind
- Get Out!: After a lengthy battle, Sam evicts Gadreel from his body using these words.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Gadreel wants to lead the angels back to Heaven no matter the number of people he has to kill. Dean and Crowley reply they are also doing what they have to do.
- Iconic Outfit: Of a sort. Castiel somehow managed to dig up a similar jacket to the tan trench coat that had been his uniform for four and a half seasons, but didn't get around to replacing the tie.
- Just Following Orders: Thaddeus justifies to Gadreel that torturing him was part of his job. However, torturing his friend Abner was "just for fun".
- Lonely Funeral: Dean is the only one at Kevin's burning.
- Lotus-Eater Machine: Gadreel has created a fictitious case inside Sam's brain involving ghouls and cheerleaders.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Corey is an ersatz of Justin Bieber.
- Oh, Crap!: Thaddeus, when he notices that Gadreel has stolen his angel blade
- Playing Both Sides: Cecily on Crowley and Abaddon. The latter is not pleased.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:Sam: I said. Get. The Hell. Out.
- Real Is Brown: Inverted. It's Sam's Lotus-Eater Machine that has a noticeable brown tint.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Crowley is basically okay with Cecily playing both sides until she knows who the winner is. Abaddon isn't.
- Surveillance as the Plot Demands: Crowley has a "friend" at the NSA and Abaddon has a demon hausfrau no one even notices.
- Tantrum Throwing: Dean smashes everything around him after Kevin's death.
- Viking Funeral: Standard for hunters. Dean gives one to Kevin.